Section 11 - Centro Portugal

Santa Cruz / Peniche

In Santa Cruz there is a beach with the same name with a long sandy, light-colored and rock formations that make it a very popular seaside resort. To the far south the Ponta da Vigia cliffs form a series of rocky outcrops among which the Penedo do Guincho.

Then the route leads to the parish of A-dos-Cunhados and Maceira in which besides the beaches it is recommended to visit the ruins of Penafirme Convent near the Santa Rita Beach , the New Monastery, the prehistoric caves and Porto Novo Fort.

The route continues a little away from the coast until Vimeiro where is located the Interpretation Centre of the Battle of Vimeiro, which allows the visitor to have a vision of the battle that happened here.

Further north is Santa Bárbara, a town of strong sense of religiosity in which you can visit the Fonte Lima Park in addition to the religious heritage.

From here the route returns the coast, crossing the region of Lourinhã. This place combines the beauty of the beaches – especially the Areia Branca, Vale Frades, Caniçal and Paimogo beaches – with the productivity of fertile land. The points of historical and architectural interest include: the Santo António Convent, the Misericórdia Church, the Castelo Church and the Paimogo Fort.

A long time ago dinosaurs lived in this place and to better know their history it is recommended to visit the Lourinhã Museum.

The end of this section is in Peniche near to the Carvoeiro Cape. Peniche is located on a peninsula and is characterized by its beaches, including the Consolation, Medão Grande, Supertubos which is known for its tubular waves perfect for surfing and bodyboarding and Molhe Leste; for its cultural heritage – Peniche Fort – and its religious monuments – Nossa Senhora da Conceição Church, S. Pedro Church, Misericórdia Church and Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Chapel; and for the crafts – the “rendas de Bilros”.


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bicicletapelacosta.blogspot.pt; simplycommuting.net; N. V. Azevedo; vimeiroclubeaventura.com; wildsidecampers.com (2)

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  • Elevation
  • Heritage
  • Nature
  • Beach
  • Information
  • Bike Shops
  • Accommodation - Campsite
  • Accommodation - Youth Hostels
  • Safety
  • Hospital/Health Center
  • Pharmacy